International Lace Day
Human culture is a complex and intertwined tapestry of traditions that stand up to the test of time. One of these timeless traditions, taken whole-cloth from the cultures of the world, is lace-making. Making lace is something that has been done for hundreds of years by some of the most skilled artisans in the world.
The hard work and dedication of these artisans have made it possible to create some of the most fashionable clothing and some of the most beautiful decorative items. We think that it’s high time for all of us to consider this beautiful art form and the skilled hands that create it. We can do this by observing International Lace Day on the last Saturday in September every year.
The History of International Lace Day
Lace is believed to have been developed during the early 16th century. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when it was created or who created it. We do know that the first lace pattern books were published during the mid-16th century, and by the end of that century, lace was as common as any other luxury textile.
Unfortunately, the history of International Lace Day is even more mysterious than the history of lace. We can’t seem to find out who started this holiday or even when it was started.
A Few Quick Facts About Lace
Although we couldn’t uncover the history of this holiday, we were able to uncover some interesting facts about lace that we feel everyone reading might enjoy. Let’s take a quick peek at them.
- Lace can be woven with silk, rayon, or cotton.
- During the end of the 18th century, machine-made lace began to replace handmade lace.
- The marriage of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William resulted in a resurgence of Chantilly lace after 2011.
Observing International Lace Day
Learning more about the history of lace and its traditional place in society is a great way to begin observing International Lace Day. This is also a good day to learn how to sew and stitch so that you can make your own lace pieces.
All across the world, there are classes that people can take to learn more about lace-making. Another way to celebrate this holiday is by purchasing beautiful lace clothing or lace items for the home.
Decorating your home with lace can really turn a bland-looking environment into something that seems more elegant. And while you’re enjoying this lace holiday, don’t forget to spread the word about it using the hashtag #InternationalLaceDay on social media.